Social Determinants of Health Investments

How SDOH Programs Can Generate Value

Executive Summary

It’s now widely recognized that an individual’s societal, economic, and environmental conditions—known as social determinants of health (SDOH)—are the greatest influence on health outcomes. Long overdue, health systems and insurers are investing in interventions that help tackle consumers’ social needs. Now they must figure out how to measure the impact of these programs and which technology platforms will maximize their investments.


  1. What’s driving providers and insurers to grow their SDOH investments?
  2. How can healthcare organizations measure the impact of their investments?
  3. How can providers and insurers strengthen their SDOH programs with technology?

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? Healthcare organizations are ramping up their SDOH investments. We explore drivers for this growth, the avenues through which money is flowing, and how providers and payers can enhance their SDOH programs.

KEY STAT: Nearly 8 in 10 (77%) physicians believe that many or all of their patients are affected by at least one SDOH factor.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Executive Summary
    2. Key Points
    3. SDOH, Better Health, and Lower Costs: Connecting the Dots
    1. Committing to SDOH: Worthwhile but Demanding
    2. Bolstering SDOH Investments with Technology
    3. Insider Intelligence Interviews
    1. Read Next
    2. Sources
    3. Media Gallery

    Interviewed for This Report

    Ryan Bosch, MD
    Socially Determined
    President and Co-Founder
    Interviewed July 5, 2022
    Andy McMahon
    UnitedHealthcare Community & State
    Vice President, Community Investment and Innovation
    Interviewed June 29, 2022
    David B. Nash, MD
    Jefferson College of Population Health
    Founding Dean Emeritus
    Interviewed June 22, 2022
    Kim Prendergast
    Community Care Cooperative
    Senior Director, Social Health
    Interviewed June 30, 2022
    Kate Sommerfeld
    President, Social Determinants of Health
    Interviewed July 1, 2022

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